Hawai'i 2009 Season Preview

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  1. The Brunsons

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    Hawai'i 2009 Season Preview

    Offense

    Last season a veteran defense carried Hawaii to a 7–7 record, a second-place tie in the Western Athletic Conference and a bowl berth while the offense was being rebuilt. This year an offense that returns five starters will be counted on to repay the favor for a reloading defense.

    How successful the Warriors are at protecting their quarterback, reducing turnovers and generating a running game, all sore points in 2008, will determine whether a fourth consecutive bowl is in their future.

    This time, however, at least they know entering the season who the quarterback will be  senior Greg Alexander. As a junior college transfer, Alexander started the opener and then went to the bench as three others struggled at the position. Alexander reemerged to start the final six games and ended the season with 1,895 yards and 14 touchdowns.

    Protecting Alexander is job one for a line that returns three regulars from a unit that surrendered 57 sacks. Gordon Shaw, who spent 14 years coaching in the Big Ten, takes over coaching a line anchored by two-time All-WAC center John Estes.

    Converted quarterback Inoke Funaki moves to running back, where he will join often-injured returnee Leon Wright-Jackson and incoming junior college transfer Alex Green to help produce a consistent enough running game to take heat off Alexander. Hawaii was 111th in the nation in rushing a year ago. The Warriors might also employ a tight end this fall, a position they last used in 1998.

    Defense

    While it is tune-up time for a defense that lost nine starters  five of them having been All-WAC performers at one time or another  the key will be a complete overhaul of the secondary. Spencer Smith has three years in the defense and is being counted upon to help rebuild at safety along with veterans Kenny Estes and Mana Silva and junior college transfers Aaron Brown and Lametrius Davis. The corner positions are up for grabs among returnees Chris Black, redshirts Jeramy Bryant and Lewis Walker and junior college transfers Davis and Melvin Hopkins.

    The departure of All-WAC linebackers Solomon Elimimian and Adam Leonard left a huge hole in both performance and leadership. The Warriors will look to Brashton Satele and R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane to limit the drop-off in both areas. Blaze Soares, a big-play performer, and Paipai Falemalu can do much to enhance the linebacker play if they stay healthy.

    While John Fonoti is the sole returning starter on the defensive line, Elliott Purcell, Victor Clore and Vaughn Meatoga saw considerable action and Rocky Savaiigaea has shown promise when healthy.

    Final Analysis

    Last season was a bumpy transitional year for the Warriors in going from coach June Jones to Greg McMackin. If the Warriors can avoid being their own worst enemies  Hawaii ranked 117th in the nation in penalties (8.7 per game), last in sacks surrendered (57) and was third in turnovers committed
    (37)  it will go a long way toward a winning season and another bowl berth.


    Hawai'i Warriors 2009 Roster:

    Column 1
    NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS
    1 Greg Salas WR 6-2 200 So.
    4 Leon Wright-Jackson RB 6-1 215 Jr.
    5 Michael Washington WR 5-8 170 Sr.
    6 Tyler Graunke QB 6-0 185 Sr.
    7 Erik Robinson CB 5-10 200 Sr.
    7 Jovonte Taylor WR 5-9 185 Jr.
    8 Tyson Kafentzis LB 6-1 235 Sr.
    8 Jake Santos QB 5-11 200 Sr.
    9 JoPierre Davis CB 6-0 210 Jr.
    9 Rick Taylor WR 5-10 175 So.
    10 Shane Austin QB 5-11 200 Fr.
    10 Kawika Ornellas CB 5-9 170 Fr.
    11 Inoke Funaki QB 5-11 190 Jr.
    12 Greg Alexander QB 6-3 240 Jr.
    13 Bryce Kalauokaaea RB Fr.
    13 Brashton Satele LB 6-1 255 Jr.
    16 Brent Rausch QB 6-4 180 So.
    17 Solomon Elimimian LB 6-0 225 Sr.
    18 Guyton Galdeira CB 5-7 165 Jr.
    18 Steele Jantz QB 6-3 205 Fr.
    19 Jake Heun RB 6-1 250 Jr.
    19 Richard Torres CB 5-7 165 Fr.
    20 Jon Medeiros WR 5-9 195 Jr.
    21 Kealoha Pilares WR 5-11 190 So.
    22 Jayson Rego RB 5-9 215 Jr.
    22 Steve Stepter CB 5-9 180 Fr.
    23 Alonzo Chopp RB 6-1 239 Sr.
    23 Calvin Roberts CB 5-11 170 Sr.
    24 Craig Bell WR 6-0 185 Jr.
    24 Desmond Thomas CB 6-2 170 Sr.
    26 Jeramy Bryant CB 5-10 170 Jr.
    26 Daniel Libre RB 5-8 185 Sr.
    27 Khevin Peoples RB 5-11 205 Sr.
    28 Dustin Blount WR 5-8 160 Jr.
    29 Chris Black CB 5-10 175 Jr.
    30 Dane Porlas CB 5-10 185 Sr.
    31 Spencer Smith CB 5-11 200 So.
    33 CJ Allen-Jones LB 6-1 224 So.
    34 Jeremiah Ostrowski WR 5-9 185 Fr.
    34 Ryan Perry CB 5-7 170 Sr.
    35 Keao Monteilh CB 5-11 200 Sr.
    36 Viliami Nauahi CB 6-2 215 Jr.
    37 Kenneth Estes CB 6-0 200 So.
    37 Royce Pollard WR 6-0 175 Fr.
    38 Joey Cadiz RB 5-5 180 Fr.
    38 Lewis Walker CB 5-11 160 Fr.
    39 Steven Christian DB 6-0 165 Fr.
    39 Troy Lauduski WR Fr.
    40 Po'okela Ahmad LB 6-1 225 So.
    41 Corey Paredes LB 5-11 230 Fr.
    42 Paipai Falemalu LB 6-3 225 Fr.
    43 Mana Silva CB 6-1 220 So.
    44 Adam Leonard LB 6-0 235 Sr.
    45 Haku Correa DT 6-1 275 Fr.
    46 Victor Clore DT 6-2 250 Jr.
    47 Nathaniel Nasca WR 5-8 165 Sr.
    47 Joshua Rice LB 5-11 220 Jr.
    48 David Farmer RB 6-1 245 Sr.
    49 Timothy Grasso P 5-11 210 Sr.
    49 Tuika Tufaga DT 6-2 285 Jr.
    50 Laupepa Letuli OL 6-4 320 Jr.
    50 Mana Lolotai LB 6-0 240 So.
    51 Geordon Hanohano DT 6-1 295 Fr.
    51 Francis Maka DT 6-2 240 Sr.
    53 Levi Legay OL Fr.
    53 Blaze Soares LB 6-1 235 Jr.
    54 Bo Montgomery DL 6-3 275 Jr.
    55 John Estes OL 6-3 295 Jr.
    56 Matagisila Lefiti OL 5-11 295 Fr.
    57 Les Soloai OL So.
    58 John Fonoti LB 6-2 255 Jr.
    58 Joey Lipp OL 6-3 270 So.
    59 R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane LB 5-11 225 Jr.
    60 Lucas Kennard OL 6-1 253 Fr.
    61 Austin Hansen OL 6-4 285 Fr.
    62 Keith AhSoon OL 6-1 315 Sr.
    63 Brysen Ginlack OL 6-2 310 So.
    64 Ray Hisatake OL 6-3 315 Jr.
    65 Kaha'i Choy OL 5-10 275 Fr.
    66 Adrian Thomas OL 6-6 305 So.
    67 Tui'Atua Tuiasosopo OL 6-0 310 Fr.
    68 Keahi Watson DT 6-2 300 So.
    71 Liko Satele DT 6-2 260 So.
    72 Clayton Laurel OL 6-2 280 Fr.
    73 Drew Uperesa OL 6-2 280 Fr.
    74 Raphael Ieru OL 6-2 315 Jr.
    75 Ikaika Mahoe DT 5-11 240 Fr.
    76 Nathan McKay OL 6-2 280 Sr.
    77 Aaron Kia OL 6-5 290 Jr.
    78 Keoni Steinhoff OL 6-3 295 Sr.
    79 Daniel Johnson OL 6-4 290 So.
    80 Daniel Lofton WR 6-2 200 So.
    80 Antwan Mahaley DT 6-4 220 Jr.
    81 Dylan Linkner WR 6-0 205 Sr.
    82 Jett Jasper WR 6-2 195 Fr.
    84 Joseph Avery WR 6-4 180 Fr.
    85 Aaron Bain WR 5-8 190 Sr.
    86 Daniel Kelly K 6-3 225 Sr.
    87 Michael Tinoco WR 6-2 200 Jr.
    88 Ryan Henry WR 5-9 160 Jr.
    89 Malcolm Lane WR 6-1 180 Jr.
    90 Elliot Purcell DT 6-3 250 So.
    91 Chris Leatigaga DT 6-4 305 Jr.
    92 Rocky Savaiigaea DT 6-2 330 Jr.
    93 Keala Watson DT 6-3 320 Sr.
    95 Vaughn Meatoga DT 6-2 305 Fr.
    96 Fale Laeli DT 6-1 305 Sr.
    97 Alasi Toilolo DT 6-3 255 Fr.
    98 Brett Symonds K 5-10 145 Fr.


    Hawai'i Warriors 2009 Schedule:
    Column 1
    Date Opponent
    Sept. 4, 2009 Central Ark
    Sept. 12, 2009 at Wash. St.
    Sept. 19, 2009 at UNLV
    Sept. 30, 2009 at Louisiana Tech
    Oct. 10, 2009 Fresno State
    Oct. 17, 2009 at Idaho
    Oct. 24, 2009 Boise State
    Oct. 31, 2009 at Nevada
    Nov. 7, 2009 Utah State
    Nov. 14, 2009 New Mexico St.
    Nov. 21, 2009 at San Jose St.
    Nov. 28, 2009 Navy
    Dec. 5, 2009 Wisconsin


    Hawai'i Warriors 2009 Online Schedule:
    Column 1
    Week Opponent
    1 OPEN
    2 Washington St.
    3 @ Ohio St. #7
    4 OPEN
    5 @ Louisiana Tech (Steam)
    6 Fresno St. (Max)
    7 @ Idaho
    8 Boise St. #14
    9 @ Nevada (Jack)
    10 Utah St.
    11 New Mexico St.
    12 @ San Jose St.
    13 South Florida
    14 @ Wisconsin


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  2. JHeb

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    Very good!
     
  3. The Brunsons

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    Thanks I'm excited about Hawai'i. I like that schedule and I hate Ohio State so I'm looking forward to opportunity to upset. (who am I kidding, I'm gonna get killed)
     
  4. JHeb

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    You never know, you may pull a big one there...A HUGE one! Ha...
     
  5. The Brunsons

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    I played a game on heisman 5 min qrts, new mid major sliders against Boise State. 28-21 Boise State

    UH Alexander 22-33 274 2 3
    UH Wright Jackson 19/119 6.2 1
    BS Moore 12-20 200 3 1
    BS Johnson 13/61 4.6 0

    I was happy to hold my own in a game with #14. Although I know Boise State is not what they were last year. I was very happy with Alexander, but I think I'm in for some shootouts. My D sucks. (or I suck at D)
     
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    So, what is your opinion of the updated sliders? Yes or no? Thoughts?
     
  7. The Brunsons

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    I like the sliders. It's pretty good, I thought lowering the rush block would hurt more than it did. I was playing Boise state so Im not surprised I lost. But I think that they're a good balance of being realistic yet not too difficult. I'm really pumped about the warriors, I think if I can get my defense under control and watch the picks I'll be alright. But I think my problems are more user error than sliders.
     

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